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Old 18 Mar 2008, 05:08 am
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Default Honda Civic...Power steering fluid problems

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I own a Honda Civic Y2K model. Yesterday evening, I messed up with power steering fluid. In fact, by error(i don't know where was my mind at that time), I put some 300ml of coolant in the power steering fluid reservoir. I realized this just after I put my car back in my parking lot. Yesterday night I had nightmares about my car breaking down.

Is there any simplest way of draining the power steering fluid? How can I go about it? Is there any danger in driving the car for couple of kilometers? how much quantity of power steering liquid normally flows in the circuit?

Could anyone please help me out in sorting out this issue. thanks a lot in advance.

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Old 18 Mar 2008, 11:55 am
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Default Re: Honda Civic...Power steering fluid problems

Do not drive the car. If you haven't driven the car, there's a possibility you can remove the reservoir and have all of the fluid disposed of and refilled. If you've ran the car, however, you may need to drain as much out of the entire system as you can including the pump and lines.

Did you crank or drive the car?
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Old 19 Mar 2008, 04:47 am
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Default Re: Honda Civic...Power steering fluid problems

Yes..I did drive the car. but only 1 mile or so..just up to the parking lot.

Yesterday, I drained all the liquid from the reservoir. Also I pumped all the liquid from the line. Then I filled it with fresh liquid and after starting the car, turned the steering couple of time end to end to circulate the new liquid through the circuit. I drained this one as well as the color of the liquid was still not like the original one. I filled it again but the same original color restored. I think there are still some coolant traces in the circuit. In the end, I filled it up with fresh liquid and drove a couple of miles just to see if there is some problem with steering. It worked fine.

But I still worried about the color of the liquid. There are still some traces of coolant in there. I'll try to do the same exercise over the weekend to make it cleaner.

Do you have any other ideas how I can remove even the smallest traces of coolant liquid? Is there any special flushing liquid in the market for the job?

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